The Economics of the Second Sex, 1974, page 1

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THE ECONOMICS OF THE SECOND SEX

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To reflect upon the development of onc's research interests and
one's research competence usually comes as an opportunity only to
those who, being awarded Nobel prizes or honorary degrees or becoming
presidents of their professional associations, are asked to contemplate
their careers. All such occasions must be extremely gratifying to
the ego, and consequently the usefulness of the reflections may be
suspect. While at first glance this conference on the-impact of the
Women's movement on professional research interests may seem to afford
me an equally ego~gratifying opportunity, such is not the case.

(I find myself resenting the entire thing and wishing very much that

I had not agreed to do this stint.) Rather than ruminating about

the research developments one has observed during a professional life-
time, one is required to do a proper research job on oneYs own career
development. Whichis a roundabout way of leading up to the necessary
autobiographical statement. i .

Economics is a man's field. ‘Because my first professional employ—_
ment as an economist occurred during World War II when women were
welcomed into every field, and because my graduate training took place
immediately after World War II in England where women were Cabinet
Ministers as well as university professors, this simple fact about
my profession did not dawn on me for a good many years. But the
truth is I didn't know to what extent economics is really a man's
field until quite recently. Perhaps it was because I was fortuitously
preserved from personal discrimination in my field, or perhaps it was
just dumb innocence, but in any event, I spent a good part of my pro-
fessional career being incensed at the idea that there needed to

be any particular concern for women in economics.

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